Chief Executive Officer
A licensed Customs Broker with over 20 years of experience within customs and other government regulatory institutions for imports in the U.S., Shonda’s sole duty in this position which is regulated and empowered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is to assist importers in meeting federal requirements of importations. These duties entail assuring all regulations that are followed according to the CFR regulations of US Customs and Border Protection along with the WTO (World Trade Organization) Harmonized Tariff Schedule classification system.
She has gained keen knowledge and understanding of practicing due diligence in regulatory compliance which includes engaging with other Partnering Government Agencies (i.e., FDA, USDA, EPA, etc.). Shonda can also contribute a BA degree in Business Management with over 10 years of managerial experience to help with growing and building the BBD brand. Also adding current enrollment in the Cannabis University Masters Certificate Program to obtain a certification in the Cannabis Industry
As an African American woman, born and raised in the heart of Newark, NJ, Shonda has experienced many hardships throughout her life with drugs and gun violence plaguing the neighborhood where she grew up as a kid. Shonda grew up on Avon Avenue, a well know area of Newark for violence and stolen cars. Shonda’s grandfather, as well as herself, have both been victims of gun violence, having been shot 5 times, leading to a loss of organs and a punctured lung. These experiences inspired Shonda to write a paper on the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana, all while working two jobs and studying for her brokerage exam. It is through Shonda’s strength, and determination that she found the ability to rise above it all and position herself in this opportunity to build a brand that will set the foundation for those to follow.
Shonda’s interest in the cannabis industry stems from experiencing firsthand the many benefits of medicinal cannabis. Her personal experience with marijuana as an alternative to manmade drugs has piqued an interest in learning more about cannabis, its benefits and the ability to give back to the community that helped her succeed.
Because of all the negative stigmatism surrounding the industry, Shonda has made it her mission to create transparent and educational resources for the local community. From a social impact standpoint, Shonda’s goal is to educate, build and help others who have gone through similar experiences to learn that the decriminalization, and education of cannabis can lead to great benefit medically, economically and socially for the community.